How much has Grant Brothers MMA grown as a respected Canadian MMA gym over the last year? Put it this way: a reigning UFC champion will host the two-year anniversary party.
On November 26 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., UFC lightweight champion Frankie “The Answer” Edgar will be on hand to celebrate Grant Brothers Boxing & MMA Gym’s birthday with its trainers, students and any MMA fans who want to come by and enjoy the festivities. The event takes place at 4884 Dufferin Street, unit 6 in Toronto, Ontario.
Edgar, who retained his title October 8 with a knockout victory over Gray Maynard, will do interviews with media before signing free autographs for fans and students.
For anyone attending November 26, there will be lots to do and see. The party will feature demos of Grant Brothers MMA’s many disciplines, including Sambo, Judo, Muay Thai, boxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ).
Event sponsors GP8 Water, Rockstar Energy and Fight Boutique will offer plenty of exciting giveaways. The party will also feature free food and drinks and Z103.FM will broadcast live from the gym.
Joining Frankie Edgar will be the Grant Brothers’ world-class coaching team, including Ryan “RG” Grant (boxing) and Sean Pierson (wrestling). Pierson, a Canadian UFC veteran, is slated to battle Dong Hyun Kim in a welterweight fight at UFC 141 December 30. Also on hand will be Canadian UFC newcomer Antonio Carvalho.
If you notice an unusual number of gentlemen with moustaches popping up in your neighbourhood this month, that’s likely because they’re raising money for Movember, a charity devoted to men’s issues such as prostate cancer and depression. At the anniversary bash, Grant Brothers MMA will collect donations on behalf of Movember Canada – a minimum of $5 and a recommended $10 contribution.
Over the last two years, Grant Brothers Boxing & MMA Gym has become one of Canada’s best-known, most respected MMA gyms. UFC greats like Roy Nelson, Dan Hardy, Dan Henderson and even the legendary Chuck Liddell have hosted our past events, including the first anniversary party and the summer barbecue. Now, with Frankie Edgar, It’s time to celebrate again and Grant Brothers wants you there November 26!
DOWNLOAD “GOING HAM” SINGLE RIGHT NOW
Here’s a brand new single from Mississippi artist Mr. Sipp called “Going Ham” which is already charting within the top 50 on the urban charts. He teamed up with Future to bring this smash to you guys. The video was posted on YouTube just 3 days ago and already has 30,000 views and counting.
It’s Getting Harder To Maintain!
Some listen to music to reinforce a mood, an idea of a time/place, to embody a mind-state, a lightness, to sharpen or dull an edge. I make music to jump off of that edge and explore.
I’ve been exploring since birth, whether wandering through the woods as a child, through the streets of NY as a teenager, backpacking through South and Central America, India, Africa, touring and performing in over thirty countries around the world and taking advantage of every minute offstage to wander, observe, get lost… I’ve seen a lot. And through it all, one thing remains super clear: people are beautiful. They may not always be well educated, well paid, or informed of the world that exists beyond their doorstep, but I’ve landed on many doorsteps and have been welcomed in way more than I’ve ever been turned away. I’ve been fed by strangers, I could not use words to communicate with, whose cupboards were not overflowing with food. I’ve been given beds and floors to sleep on by people who did not know me from Adam… Don’t believe the hype- the outside world, that many of us have been taught to fear, is filled with more love than anything else. Yes, there is ignorance. Yes, there is violence. Yes there is greed and crime. But there is something beneath all of that, and it has been fighting it’s way through all cultural variations and traditions, norms and differences. And that thing, that force, that common ground, and the energy that transforms, is what I call Volcanic Sunlight.
Nowadays, I look at the news, browsing the net, and, subsequently, learn what songs, videos, movies, books are popular in compare/contrast with what’s in the news, with what’s going on- and to be honest- I’m often dumbfounded and left with the question of “What the hell am I trying to do?”. “Exactly what world do I expect to fit into with these sounds, these thoughts, and sentiments?”. I feel alone, stupid, caught in some absurd elitist riddle where the answer is found scratched into the wood of some old unknown blues musicians’ guitar. “Who the fuck cares?”, is what I ask myself. “Who am I fooling?”. It’s not that I don’t like what’s out there. I like and love a lot of it. I just don’t always feel like I fit in.
When you talk to record execs, they want to be able to see exactly where you’ll fit into the commercial playing field. They want to be able to envision your song being played between Kanye and Drake on the radio. They want to be able to easily locate your audience. I’m pretty certain that much of my audience is out occupying cities across the world, protesting against corporate giants, squatting in city parks, following the same compulsion that led many to poetry slams and readings some years back; to raves, hip-hop, and punk rock shows, when music was more counter-culture than over-the-counter culture. All those seeds that were planted, the voices unlocked, the envisionment of the world that is possible and the pledge to make it real, are all coming full circle now.
I rise and face
the firing squad.
there is one
is my system
They fire rounds
but I am seldom
in their circle.
A quiet mind
is labeled ‘sound’
and colored purple.
My little boy
has not yet learned
to color within lines.
His jumbled diction
has not yet learned
We speak of art
with flaming passion
and then do work
void of compassion
and wonder why
is bleeding fiction.
Volcanic Sunlight is my contribution to the times. It is my way of sharing that through all the necessary fighting for change behind, ahead, and within us, I have found it most helpful to think of it as a dance. I danced through a lot of bullshit (and fun shit) in order to get here… (don’t forget the fun shit!). Yeah, it’s been fun. Hella fun (415/510). And, honestly, I ain’t really trying to fit in. (See: Talk To Strangers). But I’ve decided to sell my album to you, this time. As if to say, here is my idea of a ‘product’ that, I hope you will consider, worth more than it’s asking price. As if to say, “invest in alternative energy”. ‘Cause, basically, that’s how I think of Volcanic Sunlight: as an alternative form of energy. Something a bit more conscious of it’s global imprint that whole cities, and possibly, new worlds, or, at least, new thoughts, can run on. My intention is for it to serve as a generator, a power source, that remembers the beauty of it’s engine as it serves to transform the system.
And I would like to give a special shout out to all of the youth and people around the world that have somehow chosen this year to stand and demand the civil liberties, equality, and socio-political justice, and transparency, that should be afforded to all, in all lands. Your rising voice and actions have supplied more than slogans. You are who every poem was written for. And you are the chorus to the anthem of our times. Thank you.
Mad Decent and Greedhead (Heems from Das Racist’s label) released the debut album from Big Baby Gandhi this morning. Big Fucking Baby is perfect NY lo-fi hilarity.
Hot on the heels of his video for “Hip Hop Is My Home”, Southside Chicago native Pavy (Progressive Ambitious Vigorous Youngin’) presents the video for “Nobody Cares”, also directed by Thomas Price. Pavy and Straight Up Hustlin Entertainment are gearing up for the release of Pavy’s first official album, Middle Class Ignorance, set for January 2012, with the first single dropping in November.
Hip Hop Is My Home by Pavyworld
After a really bad break up I decide to head to the club with my homies just to release some stress. I get about 3 long islands and after the third one I’m feeling pretty nice. So here comes my friend with these cheetah print pants on and if any one knows me, they know that I absolutely love cheetah print anything lol. Intoxication, back to chest dancing and really great music eventually lead me to want to get even closer to this girl. Unfortunately I did’nt get to actually make this song come to life but the fantasy made it
even better. “Buss it open”…enjoy
Frequent Boston collaborators Big Shug & M-Dot connect again with the new single “Heavy”, this time alongside Springfield native Benefit who provides the 3rd verse. Production By Norman Cratez & Cuts By DJ Reel Drama.
For the Clean Edit, Instrumental & Acapella